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The Pulp Magazine Archive

Pulp magazines (often referred to as "the pulps"), also collectively known as pulp fiction, refers to inexpensive fiction magazines published from 1896 through the 1950s. The typical pulp magazine was seven inches wide by ten inches high, half an inch thick, and 128 pages long. Pulps were printed on cheap paper with ragged, untrimmed edges.

The name pulp comes from the cheap wood pulp paper on which the magazines were printed. Magazines printed on better paper were called "glossies" or "slicks." In their first decades, they were most often priced at ten cents per magazine, while competing slicks were 25 cents apiece. Pulps were the successor to the penny dreadfuls, dime novels, and short fiction magazines of the 19th century. Although many respected writers wrote for pulps, the magazines are best remembered for their lurid and exploitative stories and sensational cover art. Modern superhero comic books are sometimes considered descendants of "hero pulps"; pulp magazines often featured illustrated novel-length stories of heroic characters, such as The Shadow, Doc Savage, and The Phantom Detective.

The first "pulp" was Frank Munsey's revamped Argosy Magazine of 1896, about 135,000 words (192 pages) per issue on pulp paper with untrimmed edges and no illustrations, not even on the cover. While the steam-powered printing press had been in widespread use for some time, enabling the boom in dime novels, prior to Munsey, no one had combined cheap printing, cheap paper and cheap authors in a package that provided affordable entertainment to working-class people. In six years Argosy went from a few thousand copies per month to over half a million.

Street & Smith were next on the market. A dime novel and boys' weekly publisher, they saw Argosy's success, and in 1903 launched The Popular Magazine, billed as the "biggest magazine in the world" by virtue of being two pages longer than Argosy. Due to differences in page layout, the magazine had substantially less text than Argosy. The Popular Magazine introduced color covers to pulp publishing. The magazine began to take off when, in 1905, the publishers acquired the rights to serialize Ayesha, by H. Rider Haggard, a sequel to his popular novel She. Haggard's Lost World genre influenced several key pulp writers, including Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert E. Howard, Talbot Mundy and Abraham Merritt. In 1907, the cover price rose to 15 cents and 30 pages were added to each issue; along with establishing a stable of authors for each magazine, this change proved successful and circulation began to approach that of Argosy. Street and Smith's next innovation was the introduction of specialized genre pulps, each magazine focusing on a genre such as detective stories, romance, etc.

At their peak of popularity in the 1920s and 1930s, the most successful pulps could sell up to one million copies per issue. The most successful pulp magazines were Argosy, Adventure, Blue Book and Short Stories described by some pulp historians as "The Big Four". Among the best-known other titles of this period were Amazing Stories, Black Mask, Dime Detective, Flying Aces, Horror Stories, Love Story Magazine, Marvel Tales, Oriental Stories, Planet Stories, Spicy Detective, Startling Stories, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Unknown, Weird Tales and Western Story Magazine. Although pulp magazines were primarily a US phenomenon, there were also a number of British pulp magazines published between the Edwardian era and World War Two. Notable UK pulps included Pall Mall Magazine, The Novel Magazine, Cassell's Magazine, The Story-Teller, The Sovereign Magazine, Hutchinson's Adventure-Story and Hutchinson's Mystery-Story. The German fantasy magazine Der Orchideengarten had a similar format to American pulp magazines, in that it was printed on rough pulp paper and heavily illustrated.

The Second World War paper shortages had a serious impact on pulp production, starting a steady rise in costs and the decline of the pulps. Beginning with Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine in 1941, pulp magazines began to switch to digest size; smaller, thicker magazines. In 1949, Street & Smith closed most of their pulp magazines in order to move upmarket and produce slicks.[8] The pulp format declined from rising expenses, but even more due to the heavy competition from comic books, television, and the paperback novel. In a more affluent post-war America, the price gap compared to slick magazines was far less significant. In the 1950s, Men's adventure magazines began to replace the pulp.

The 1957 liquidation of the American News Company, then the primary distributor of pulp magazines, has sometimes been taken as marking the end of the "pulp era"; by that date, many of the famous pulps of the previous generation, including Black Mask, The Shadow, Doc Savage, and Weird Tales, were defunct. Almost all of the few remaining pulp magazines are science fiction or mystery magazines now in formats similar to "digest size", such as Analog Science Fiction and Fact and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. The format is still in use for some lengthy serials, like the German science fiction weekly Perry Rhodan.

Over the course of their evolution, there were a huge number of pulp magazine titles; Harry Steeger of Popular Publications claimed that his company alone had published over 300, and at their peak they were publishing 42 titles per month. Many titles of course survived only briefly. While the most popular titles were monthly, many were bimonthly and some were quarterly. The collapse of the pulp industry changed the landscape of publishing because pulps were the single largest sales outlet for short stories. Combined with the decrease in slick magazine fiction markets, writers attempting to support themselves by creating fiction switched to novels and book-length anthologies of shorter pieces.

Pulp covers were printed in color on higher-quality (slick) paper. They were famous for their half-dressed damsels in distress, usually awaiting a rescuing hero. Cover art played a major part in the marketing of pulp magazines. The early pulp magazines could boast covers by some distinguished American artists; The Popular Magazine had covers by N.C. Wyeth, and Edgar Franklin Wittmack contributed cover art to Argosy and Short Stories. Later, many artists specialized in creating covers mainly for the pulps; a number of the most successful cover artists became as popular as the authors featured on the interior pages. Among the most famous pulp artists were Walter Baumhofer, Earle K. Bergey, Margaret Brundage, Edd Cartier, Virgil Finlay, Earl Mayan, Frank R. Paul, Norman Saunders, Nick Eggenhofer, (who specialized in Western illustrations), Rudolph Belarski and Sidney Riesenberg. Covers were important enough to sales that sometimes they would be designed first; authors would then be shown the cover art and asked to write a story to match.

Later pulps began to feature interior illustrations, depicting elements of the stories. The drawings were printed in black ink on the same cream-colored paper used for the text, and had to use specific techniques to avoid blotting on the coarse texture of the cheap pulp. Thus, fine lines and heavy detail were usually not an option. Shading was by crosshatching or pointillism, and even that had to be limited and coarse. Usually the art was black lines on the paper's background, but Finlay and a few others did some work that was primarily white lines against large dark areas.

Another way pulps kept costs down was by paying authors less than other markets; thus many eminent authors started out in the pulps before they were successful enough to sell to better-paying markets, and similarly, well-known authors whose careers were slumping or who wanted a few quick dollars could bolster their income with sales to pulps. Additionally, some of the earlier pulps solicited stories from amateurs who were quite happy to see their words in print and could thus be paid token amounts. There were also career pulp writers, capable of turning out huge amounts of prose on a steady basis, often with the aid of dictation to stenographers, machines or typists. Before he became a novelist, Upton Sinclair was turning out at least 8,000 words per day seven days a week for the pulps, keeping two stenographers fully employed. Pulps would often have their authors use multiple pen names so that they could use multiple stories by the same person in one issue, or use a given author's stories in three or more successive issues, while still appearing to have varied content. One advantage pulps provided to authors was that they paid upon acceptance for material instead of on publication; since a story might be accepted months or even years before publication, to a working writer this was a crucial difference in cash flow.

Some pulp editors became known for cultivating good fiction and interesting features in their magazines. Preeminent pulp magazine editors included Arthur Sullivant Hoffman (Adventure), Robert H. Davis (All-Story Weekly), Harry E. Maule (Short Stories) Donald Kennicott (Blue Book), Joseph T. Shaw (Black Mask), Farnsworth Wright (Weird Tales, Oriental Stories), John W. Campbell (Astounding Science Fiction,Unknown) and Daisy Bacon (Love Story Magazine, Detective Story Magazine).

Description of this collection from Wikipedia.

Many issues of this collection come from a variety of anonymous contributors, as well as sites such as The Pulp Magazines Project and ThePulp.net.

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Amazing Stories v21n02 (1947 02.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: jon, norton, maddox, murian, vartha, karl, eyes, witson, drego, amazing stories, karl maddox, jon...
Amazing Stories Magazine
by Sloane, Thomas O'Conor, 1851-1940; Silberberg, Leslie Francis, 1905-1991; Dare, John C.; Keller, David Henry, 1880-1966; Hale, Stephen G.; Ernst, Paul Frederick, 1899-1985; Gallun, Raymond Zinke, 1911-1994; Schoepflin, Harold Vincent, 1893-1968; Schachner, Nathaniel, 1895-1955; Zagat, Arthur Leo, 1895-1949
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Amazing Stories, volume 6, number 1 (April 1931). Scanned copy of a pulp magazine published by Radio-Science Publications, Inc. and edited by Thomas O'Conor Sloane, Ph.D. Periodical copyright not renewed. Individual contributions' copyrights not renewed. This magazine and its contents are now in the public domain. Featuring: Across the Void (Leslie F. Stone; 1/3), Cosmic Power (John C. Dare), The Ambidexter (David H. Keller), The Laughing Death (Stephen G. Hale), Hidden in Glass (Paul Ernst),...
Topics: pulp, pulps, pulp magazine, science fiction, amazing stories
Amazing Stories v17n10 1943 11 (Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: brewster, abbott, akar, jev, tbe, tlie, empire, jegga, eyes, amazing stories, nick brewster, inner...
Amazing Stories v20n03 (1946 06.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: stufa, gilhooley, francisca, agharti, mulligan, pug, voland, stood, eyes, amazing stories, galdra...
Amazing Stories v20n06 (1946 09.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: finite, reeba, brack, space, stories, arny, cardinal, earth, amazing, amazing stories, earth...
Amazing Stories v13n12 (1939 12.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: cathcart, hok, stories, hank, amazing, frain, gleed, maie, wrenn, amazing stories, ben gleed,...
Amazing Stories v20n02 (1946 05.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: bonur, senator, ancient, evil, dinkle, ray, surface, brack, nake, amazing stories, surface men,...
Amazing Stories v16n12 (1942 12.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: kenniston, tharn, blake, hargraves, eyes, stories, amazing, ship, dylara, amazing stories, ron val,...
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v14n06 1940 06
Topics: allison, erick, chadwick, dazzalox, smitt, sands, monk, slave, eyes, amazing stories, clark erick,...
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v17n08 1943 08.v17n08(Ziff Davis
Topics: reagan, varsag, steiner, wong, captain, martin, smith, prager, professor, amazing stories, captain...
Amazing Stories v19n01 1945 03 (Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: rand, mason, stories, amazing, frazer, sand, freaze, atlan, eyes, amazing stories, tean city, life...
Amazing Stories v17n03 (1943 03.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: barr, edmond, mindy, nolon, jim, vanny, stories, uighurs, colonel, amazing stories, jim hawkins,...
Amazing Stories v13n01 (1939 01.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: hok, ted, gnorrls, amazing, stories, cavil, hale, madge, zhik, amazing stories, science fiction,...
Amazing Stories v19n02 (1945 06.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: stumpy, pollock, bryce, felix, stories, amazing, faye, shaver, marston, amazing stories, ben addis,...
Amazing Stories v16n06 (1942 06.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: dirk, ramey, ward, eyes, jan, ship, martian, shane, harpe, amazing stories, sergeant shane, exile...
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v16n08 1942 08 (Ziff Davis
Topics: brand, tony, hank, shag, lanning, amazing, eyes, desquer, stories, amazing stories, earth star,...
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v36n07 1962 07
Topics: foster, stories, amazing, hippiness, looked, clifton, trace, tion, amazing stories, foster looked,...
Amazing Stories V13n06 1939 06 (Ziff Davis)(Cape1736)(Fixed)
Topics: doone, cabot, hale, porter, stories, belin, langley, mart, marden, amazing stories, white house,...
Amazing Stories v20n04 (1946 07.Ziff Davis)(cape1736 ufikus)
Topics: ancient, rockwell, arny, hubbard, hecate, smith, eyes, ceulna, venus, amazing stories, witch queen,...
Amazing Stories v20n08 (1946 11.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
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Topics: sathanas, waring, brady, aesir, stories, arl, henry, amazing, slim, amazing stories, lord fennel,...
Amazing Stories v20n07 (1946 10.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: numar, professor, bailey, senator, betty, green, man, harry, mister, green man, professor bailey,...
Amazing Stories v17n06 (1943 06.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: kirk, vorosh, allison, brent, martin, stories, amazing, vanja, earth, amazing stories, tanya...
Amazing Stories v18n03 (1944 05.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: ames, wylie, headless, jimmy, buck, scotty, murchison, tom, stories, amazing stories, headless man,...
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v16n09 1942 09 Ziff Davis
Topics: ship, mace, blake, captain, ludlow, brand, reese, stories, eyes, amazing stories, red johnson, puna...
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v15n08 1941 08)
Topics: muddle, ship, gluge, uninhibited, hin, malone, stories, amazing, junior, amazing stories, tan...
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v14n10 1940 10 Ziff Davis
Topics: conavan, baden, patrick, nathan, stories, danny, amazing, orm, miller, amazing stories, rolf baden,...
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v26n01 1952 01 images
Amazing Stories Quarterly v02n04 1929-Fall.Experimenter (c2c)
Topics: great, moon, itza, kinchi, nohul, beneath, carson, priest, earth, amazing stories, stories...
Amazing Stories v20n09 (1946 12.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: walker, brawn, freeman, tanner, salund, waunu, jimmy, eyes, stared, amazing stories, nick freeman,...
Amazing Stories v14n11 (1940 11.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: garr, crane, mace, vliet, hank, martian, stories, gail, ranson, amazing stories, malcolm mace, garr...
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v19n04 1945 12 cape1736
Amazing Stories v18n04 1944 09 (Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: garth, prune, reggie, dawson, herkles, stories, rice, fletcher, terry, amazing stories, private...
Amazing Stories v16n07 (1942 07.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: ricky, ramey, rusty, carse, hawk, eyes, leeds, stories, amazing, amazing stories, hawk carse, ramey...
Amazing Stories v12n06 1938 11 (Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: adams, riley, ethredge, stories, amazing, munro, terry, garr, ron, amazing stories, garr allan,...
Amazing Stories v20n01 (1946 02.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: king, avena, skeel, akbad, carson, jotun, akkan, explorers, vanue, amazing stories, sin yul,...
Amazing Stories v21n07 (1947 07.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: dall, frontenac, melgard, ellen, evers, ship, dorn, halvar, selby, amazing stories, hidden city,...
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories Quarterly v01n01 1928 Winter
Topics: graham, ernest, mildred, moon, professor, burke, ostrog, man, quarterly, amazing stories, stories...
Amazing Stories v18n01(1944 01.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: rick, latimer, phillip, bill, agar, robot, eyes, simar, stories, amazing stories, von schultz,...
Amazing Stories v13n05 (1939 05.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: rod, stories, webb, amazing, martian, hale, karl, eyes, slane, amazing stories, science fiction,...
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v15n02 1941 02 (Ziff Davis)
Topics: allison, sasho, stories, loki, giants, amazing, ship, battering, earth, amazing stories, adam link,...
Amazing Stories v17n01 (1943 01.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: craig, tharn, drake, ogrum, reggie, mort, eyes, stoddard, michaelson, amazing stories, young man,...
Amazing Stories v17n09 (1943 09.Ziff Davis)(FIXED)(cape1736)
Topics: cardigan, nason, bennett, wright, torgan, zender, amazing, stories, latvu, amazing stories,...
Amazing Stories v21n06 (1947 06.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: ancient, eemeeshee, ray, men, rays, caverns, great, cavern, tanil, amazing stories, red legion, red...
Amazing Stories v13n02 (1939 02.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: dick, rand, captain, curwood, amazing, stories, ship, gaunt, nathan, amazing stories, captain...
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v17n07 1943 07 cape1736
Amazing Stories v17n05 (1943 05.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: burke, vorosh, ricardo, dinakki, jamie, willie, aben, vans, stories, amazing stories, willie mills,...
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v18n05 1944 12 cape1736
Amazing Stories v12n07 (1938 12.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: tearle, stafford, rex, deru, martian, amazing, stories, lammel, ambers, amazing stories, tal ufieh,...
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v16n05 1942 05 cape1736
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories Annual v01n01 (1927) (d Vaughn)
Amazing Stories v13n07 (1939 07.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: davis, wade, blaine, zorlock, cumcuz, borden, beam, kent, stories, amazing stories, science...
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v19n03 1945 09 cape1736
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v14n04 1940 04 cape1736
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v17n04 1943 04 cape1736
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v16n10 1942 10 cape1736
Amazing Stories v21n04 (1947 04.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: gil, philip, wilbur, moon, diana, benson, space, rocket, earth, amazing stories, gil benson, space...
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v16n04 1942 04 cape1736
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v15n07 1941 07 cape1736
Amazing Stories v14n02 (1940 02.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: duke, burke, randell, hillory, langley, tumps, stories, quelchal, amazing, amazing stories, duke...
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v16n03 1942 03 cape1736
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v15n09 1941 09 cape1736
Amazing Stories v14n05 (1940 05.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)(FIXED)
Topics: hok, madden, amazing, romm, gnorrls, throckmorton, dean, giant, stories, amazing stories, john...
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v74n02 (2005 02) (aMouse)
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v16n01 1942 01 cape1736
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v15n12 1941 12 cape1736
Amazing Stories v15n01 (1941 01.Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: rand, carter, pew, theban, arkol, dejah, ilando, mogel, earthman, john carter, amazing stories, pew...
Amazing Stories v03n05 (1928 08) (ATLPM Urf)
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Amazing Stories v14n09 1940 09 (Ziff Davis)(cape1736)
Topics: champlin, keenan, coale, martian, elsa, blake, stories, harrison, purple, amazing stories, wayne...
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v15n05 1941 05 cape1736
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v18n02 1944 03 Cape1736
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v15n04 1941 04 cape1736
Amazing Stories Quarterly v03n04 (1930 Fall) (Gorgon776&Ufikus)
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v27n05 (1953 06 07)
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v15n10 1941 10 cape1736
Amazing Stories Magazine
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Amazing Stories v15n06 1941 06 Cape1736